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Ribbon & Flat Cable
Ribbon & Flat Cable
We stock ribbon and flat cable in various formats, and in grades ranging from cat 9 to cat 64. Quality brands we work with include 3M, Amphenol and TE Connectivity.
What types of flat and ribbon cable are available?
flat ribbon cable
is often known as a multiplanar cable, and typically consists of multiple individual small-grade cable strands placed parallel to each other to form a flattened, single strip.
The resulting ribbon-type arrangement is most commonly used in electronic systems that require multiple data buses to link internal peripherals
Examples often include linking
hard disk drives
to their respective drive controllers on a motherboard
Colour coding is frequently implemented in ribbon cables to minimise the risk of accidental reverse connections
round ribbon cable
is one that's also made up of a group of individual strands/wires combined together.
However, a round ribbon cable only flattens out and places its strands side by side towards each end, where the cable terminates
For the majority of its run, a round ribbon cable bundles its individual strands together into a more traditional cylindrical shape, and shields them inside a rubberised, plastic or braided sleeve
twisted ribbon cable
again offers a flattened profile, with the individual strands of wire arranged alongside each other to make a wider, thinner single cable.
In a twisted ribbon cable, these individual conductor sections alternate between parallel and twisted pairings of two wires
The effect here is twofold: the twisted pairs reduce cross-talk or noise interference, while the parallel pairs allow for easier termination at the cable input points
We also stock
FFC/FPC jumper cables
for various types of durable and extremely flexible
, as well as hundreds of different pre-built male and female
ribbon cable assemblies
Connector types include IDC, micro-match MOW and micro-match PB
Our ribbon and flat cables are available with connections at anywhere between 4 and 100 ways
Flat Ribbon Cable
Ribbon Cable Assemblies
Round Ribbon Cable
Twisted Ribbon Cable